Eric V. Traut - Traut Firm

Eric V. Traut

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015
Phone: 714-835-7000

Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. 

He has been selected by his peers to the list of Super Lawyers, including the “Top 50 Orange County” and “Top 100 Southern California” lists that featured him in Los Angeles Magazine consecutively for ten years and is honored to be named to the list of Best Lawyers of America, a recognition reserved for only the top 3% of the Bar. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime." Eric was the youngest member ever admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the age of 33, and he served as President of the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA in 2010. 

As the Past President of the Orange County Bar Foundation, Eric led a non-profit organization strengthening Orange County youth and families through unique, award-winning health and education programs. In 2008, he was named as Alumni of the Year at Western State University Law School, and was inducted into the school’s "Hall of Fame" in 2013. He is a recipient of the Angelo Palmieri Award for Civility from the Banyard Inn of Court and was the first lawyer to be awarded the OC Look award by Orange Coast Magazine, an award given to those individuals who exemplify success and style in Orange County. Eric has been a speaker at countless seminars on litigation and trial skills, and published multiple articles on strategy and practice and was recently elevated to ABOTA Diplomate, an esteemed recognition that is only given after an advocate has been lead counsel in over 100 civil jury trials tried to verdict during a long and established practice of the law. 


Additional Information

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Private Investigator, 1988 – Present
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification – Board Certified Advocate
Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


California State University FullertonBA 1986Western State University College of LawJ.D. 1989
Orange County Bar FoundationBanyard Inn of CourtAmarican Inns of CourtOrange County Chapter of ABOTALex Romana (Italian/American Lawyers of Orange County)Orange County Bar AssociationBanyard Inn of CourtOrange County Trial Lawyers AssociationOrange County Bar AssociationOrange County Chapter of ABOTAOrange County Trial Lawyers AssociationConsumer Attorneys Association of CaliforniaConsumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesBanyard Inn of CourtConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAmerican Board of Trial Advocates

Case History

$70M Freeway Complex Fire Verdict — Daily Journal’s Top Verdict of 2012 
$1.4 million verdict — Slip and fall at market with back surgery with a $30,000 initial offer.
$54,656 verdict — Two broken ribs with a $3,000 initial offer.
$4 million verdict — Wrongful death of a mother of four who was accidentally shot with a $0 initial offer.
$38,300 verdict — Auto collision with a $5,000 initial offer.
$281,000 verdict — "Speed Contest" collision with a $15,000 initial offer.
$84,666 verdict — Negligent supervision case with a $7,500 initial offer.
$1.25 million verdict — Auto collision with head trauma with a $350,000 initial offer.
$24,000 verdict — Low-speed collision with a $400 initial offer.
$2.25 million verdict — Electrocution of a father with a $20,000 initial offer.
$131,117 verdict — Assault case by employee of nightclub with a $0 initial offer.
$1.1 million verdict — Couple injured in auto collision with a $90,000 initial offer.
$500,000 verdict — Motorcycle VS. bus incident causing severe leg injury with a $25,000 initial offer.
$182,000 verdict — Surface hazard fall. 
$84,660 verdict — Injury incurred by elderly plaintiff when an employee opened a door into her with a $7,500 initial offer.
$1.5M settlement — Settlement obtained for victim of drunk driver accident.
$2.8M verdict —  in denial of stock options by energy company.
$62k verdict — Soft tissue injury automobile case with a $5,700 initial offer.
$2.9M arbitration award — Arbitration award against major Indian Gaming facility with $60k initial offer
Toth v. City of Anaheim — Eric Traut represented the City of Los Angeles upon appeal. 
City of Moreno Valley v. Superior Court of Riverside County — Eric Traut represented real party in interest upon appeal
$2.88 million verdict — It was the only case to proceed to binding arbitration against the Pechanga Casino and the largest verdict in the state’s history against the Pechanga Indian Reservation under the Pechanga Tort Liability Act. [link to case:]

Office Location

Griffin Towers, Suite 700
Five Hutton Centre Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92707
United States


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Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male